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Wine Industry Must Use Less Water

On Tuesday I moderated a panel at Napa Thrives, a wine-industry conference focused on climate change. The subject of my panel was one that's been…

The Executioner’s Song

If you have a dog it will get old, and after that it will get really old and you’ll find yourself in the funny position…

A Beacon of Hope

Where 19th century genius meets 21st century thuggery… I had no idea that a militia of armed rebels was conducting a raid just minutes away…

The Perpetual Stew

It was in the seventies when this happened. Synanon. It was the first drug rehab center. But it was more than that. It was its…

The Steal That Didn’t Get Stopped

There’s papers here. There’s papers there. Could be a desk underneath somewhere.  Entropy got a hold of me inexorably. I keep a stack of items…

Ride to Eat

A hundred miles before breakfast.  It was founding Rider staffer Dick Blom’s number one road rule in the old days back in the Seventies before…

Songs of Oz

One quick and easy way to go American is to lose the diacriticals. Born with a suspicious Umlaut, Mehmet Öz does business on tv—whether as…

Midway Madness

With half of the six scheduled Hearings by the House Jan. 6 Committee behind us, it’s time for an assessment. The MMM (mainstream mass media)…

The Season of the Witch

No, I don't know what it means. “The season of the witch” — neatly printed in white chalk on the wall opposite Fifth at Market.…

COVID Vaccines for Toddlers Gets Approval

Last week, the FDA granted approval for use of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in children as young as 6 months old through the…

The Perfect Retirement Town

Retirees who want to move are always looking for a cute little village anchored by a vibrant downtown with lots of trendy bars and restaurants,…

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